Book Review - The Road to Civil War

Civil War: The Road to Civil WarCivil War: The Road to Civil War by J. Michael Straczynski
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

'The Road to Civil War' lays the groundwork for the 7-part 'Civil War'series, its many supplements as well as 'Civil War Frontline'.

A Superhero Registration Act is tabled at Congress, facilitated by an accidental massacre of 600 people, including several children by a group of young wannabe superheroes, the New Warriors.

This Act causes a rift between Captain America and Iron Man, the former vehemently opposes the act, while the latter condones and executes it. Iron Man's efforts to coax all heroes into following the law brings him deeper and deeper into collusion with unsavoury characters. The line between good and evil become blurred as action and reaction by all parties concerned become more and more violent and cause innumerable deaths.

Clunky in parts, this series comes alive during Spider-Man comics, Iron Man comics and other big names. The extended Marvel universe has a lot of characters, story arcs, but some of the stories are tenuously linked with the main story which made tedious reads and uninteresting characters. Actually, I think some of those prints just are tedious, irrespective of the Civil War series.

I didn't like the sanctimonious Black Panther series, mostly because Storm becomes an ineffectual first lady with no power. The Heroes for Hire was terrible - silly and ridiculous, and typical of what I dislike about comic books.

The power politics displayed in the series seems relevant even today and it is the essence of why this series is so beloved.

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